Parvo Dog Disease
The parvo dog disease is
caused by a virus, which spreads, from one dog to the other
through infected feces. The parvo dog disease
virus can’t reproduce outside the living cell, which
is the nature of the all virus particles. But the moment these
viruses enter the living cell, they multiply rapidly. Soon
the virus particles come out of the cell bursting it. The
virus particles thus liberated enter the blood stream and
the other tissues and the replication goes on.
Parvo dog disease Symptoms
The dogs that are infected with parvovirus
will have lack of appetite, letharginess, diarrhea,
vomiting, and of course fever. In more serious infection
the diarrhea will be watery and often mixed with blood. The
feces will have telltale odor.
The dogs will have severe abdominal pain.
Since the virus is very strong, the intestinal lining gets
The dog will
be very much dehydrated. The dogs will be very weak because
they don’t eat properly. The electrolyte disruption
causes weakness. Intussusception is the other
possible symptom. Intussusception is nothing but the telescoping
of the intestine in to itself. This is very serious condition,
which results in the death of the pup.
The treatment for the
intussusception is only surgery. But the pups can’t
withstand this surgery. The only consoling factor here is
that the intussusception is very rare. In case of per acute
infection sudden death of the pup is possible since the virus
attacks the heart. The per acute infection is also not very
common in parvo dog disease.
Treatment of parvo dog disease
The dogs infected with parvo dog disease
require immediate veterinary care as they will be weak. The dogs
can’t be treated as out patient and require admission.
The parvo dog disease dogs must
be administered plenty of fluids through intravenous route. The
electrolytes, medications that can prevent the vomiting
and antibiotics to take care of the secondary infections
must be mixed with the intravenous fluids. The dogs require to be
hospitalized for at least five days.
During that period the dogs will be monitored for
protein levels and red blood cell count. In case the protein level
of the dog is low, then colloids must be administered to fight the
The dogs that don’t improve even after the
colloid administration, then blood transfusion can be thought of.
The dog requires to be treated for internal intestinal parasites
The feeding should only commence only after twenty
fours hours of complete stoppage of vomiting. Once the dog starts
eating and there is no vomiting for 24 hours to 48 hours, then the
dog can be sent home.
The parvo dog disease can be prevented
by vaccination. The vaccines given at 8th, 12th and 16th weeks will
prevent the parvo dog disease for sure.